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Boris Spassky vs Svetozar Gligoric
Baden (1980), Baden AUT, rd 7, Nov-04
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Funny mate.
Apr-06-04  Whitehat1963: Beautiful, too.
Aug-15-10  Ulhumbrus: 5...d6 makes it possible for White to gain the bishop pair by 6 Na4. far from trying to avoid this Gligorich concedes two bishops for two knights and goes on to lose the game. Perhaps he has not expected Spassky to make the paradoxical choice of attacking Black's King side, which Spassky does by means of the moves 10 g5, 13 h4, 14 Bh3 and 15 Qh5, 16 Rf2 and 17 Raf1. By doing this however Spassky prevents the move ....f5 which seems Black's only obvious means of counterplay.
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  GrahamClayton: According to Gligoric his insipid opening play was caused by fatigue due to lack of sleep.
May-07-15  A.T PhoneHome: Wow, that's a beauty! Fabulous checkmate by Boris Spassky. Need to have a better look at this game later.
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  MJCB: Gligoric was out-tricked!
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  Penguincw: Though not exact, this mate looks similar to Reti Mate: Reti vs Tartakower, 1910.
May-05-18  PJs Studio: Spassky was an incredible talent. Not nearly at his best in 1972...
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  PhilFeeley: <Not nearly at his best in 1972.> And yet he was already world champion.
May-06-18  ClockPunchingMonkey: In other words, Spassky was at his best in 1969. Then he became champ and just sat around. That might have worked if Petrosian had challenged him again but not against YouKnowWho.
May-23-18  PJs Studio: Iím not saying Spasski was better than one of the best players in human history. I just think itís drastically unfair to remember such an amazing and deserving world champion as Boris S.

I studied many of his wins as a kid and let me tell you, they guy was gutsy, aggressive, pragmatic and accurate. One of the greatest of all World Champs in terms of pure strength. Alas, the Russianís destroyed his career after the match.

May-23-18  PJs Studio: Typo! ď...unfair to remember such an amazing and deserving world champion as Boris S AS ONLY A LOSER of the Ď72 match.Ē
May-23-18  Howard: For the record, in the book Chess Duels, Yasser rates Spassky as the fifth greatest player of all time.

Anand clocked in at #4. The first three names are probably rather obvious.

Jul-01-18  PJs Studio: Hah! The first four...

Gary aaaand

Just I guess. I never read the book.

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  perfidious: Seirawan's perception of Spassky in that list may well be coloured by his results in their games: +4 -1 =4 in classical play for Spassky.
Jul-01-18  PJs Studio: Spassky was troubled in Ď72 when he played the most scientific grinder of all time (at the height of his power.) I actually have studied many of Spasskiís games in depth when he was stronger (early to mid sixties). He had very little materialism in his play. He was very Tal like at times although wouldnít attack only a king. He would attack sectors of the board. His accuracy was exceptional.

After he lost to Bobby he WAS one of the least powerful ex-world champions in all of chess history. I canít say for sure that he lost his will, but he certainly never had great results after climbing the Russian gauntlet for his entire illustrious career. Losing to an American during a very serious proxy land war between the two powers cost him in many ways. Plus the stigma that Bobby was seen as an ahole by the chess community.

Jul-01-18  PJs Studio: When the ex-championship form of Botvinnik, Euwe, Smyslov, Tal, Kasparov and Karpov still showed super human strength (and non-champion Korchnoi...? Beast!) Itís hard to defend Spasski after he lost the crown. He was simply weaker than all of them - post crown.
Jul-01-18  ughaibu: <He was simply weaker than all of them - post crown.>

Perhaps you haven't heard of the championship of the USSR held in 1973.

Jul-02-18  Howard: Yes, Spassky's first place finish in that championship was a bit more significant than it looked. It showed that even though he'd just been steamrollered by Fischer, he was still one of the world's absolute elite.

And, keep in mind that that was an exceptionally strong USSR championship--all of the country's top players were required to participate.

Jul-03-18  Granny O Doul: Spassky misplayed the opening rather similarly in Spassky vs Karpov, 1979 .
Jul-03-18  Granny O Doul: I guess Yasser must have rated Fischer, Karpov and Kasparov, in some order, his top three. Certainly he greatly respected Karpov and always expressed unfamiliarity with whatever Capa, Alekhine and Lasker used to get up to.
Jul-03-18  Howard: In his highly interesting book Chess Duels, Yasser states that the five greatest players of all time in his opinion were Kasparov, Karpov, Bobby, Anand, and Spassky.
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  offramp: White had ♗♗ v ♘♘ as early as move 10. That seems very quick in GM play.
Jul-03-18  ughaibu: PJs Studio: Who do you mean by Mikhail??
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